Reporter 462, 26 February 2001
Students are being taught a vital lesson – how to avoid being a victim of crime.
The University has produced a new video – called Wise Up – to drive home the message that without taking a few basic precautions, students are at risk in the city.
Watch out –there’s a thief about
The eight-minute film, backed by a £5,000 Home Office grant, offers such tips as:
- When withdrawing cash from bank machines do so in daylight, never at night;
- Stick to well-lit streets when walking
- Never write down pin numbers
- Be aware that some criminals may appear to be just friendly locals.
The film, produced by the University’s TV and media services department, was shot entirely on location in Leeds, which boasts one of the highest student populations in Britain.
University security adviser Debbie Davies said; "In 1999, I had an in depth look at crime prevention in general and more particularly the safety of students. It was apparent from my research that much could be done to improve these two areas."
She said the video was part of a programme aimed at addressing the problems encountered by students on their arrival in Leeds.
PC Steve Lowe, who is responsible for policing the city’s two universities, said: "We have a number of initiatives to highlight personal safety and crime prevention to students. We hope this will be another effective way of getting the message across."
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